A Look Inside the Journalist Factory

I am studying Journalism at an American university.  I’ve only begun chipping away at this major a few semesters ago, and it’s really rather frightening.  (Read this for a typical story from an introductory class.)  The professors really are in their own world.  This is the world of the Left filled with the ideologies of liberalism, socialism, egalitarianism, and ,of course, communism.

The longer I am in this environment, the more it becomes apparent that these people truly are unaware of any other way.  To illustrate how alienated they are from other ideas, consider my reading list for a class with the perfectly euphemistic name “Intercultural Communications.”  It’s a euphemism because, much in the way my teacher says racism only goes one way (meaning only whites can be racist), this “intercultural communication” only goes one way: it’s minorities complaining about the evils of white people.  This is the class I’ve only heard legends about, and let me tell you, the legends are true:  students in American universities are being told (and fooled into thinking that they are learning) that white people have “white privilege” (which is eerily similar to the narrative the Nazis used against the Jews), that English is an “oppressor’s language,” and that only white people can be racist.

Here are some of the writers on my reading list:

Ursula K. Le Guin: She is the daughter of anthropologist Alfred R. Kroeber who was once married to a Rothschild and studied Anthropology under Franz Boas.

Bell Hooks: (Her name is meant to be uncapitalized, but I can’t be bothered.)  Hooks is a black feminist and social activist who writes about intersectionality of race as well as subjects like gender, capitalism, oppression – the whole bag.

Audre Lorde:  Lorde was a black feminist and lesbian poet/writer.  She studied in America but spent considerable time at the Free University of Berlin.  This is the seal of the Free University of Berlin:

seal-of-free-university

Gloria Anzaldua: Anzaldua is a Latina supportive of the LGBT community who began menstruating when she was three months old.  She likes to complain about how people regard others who speak certain languages with an accent, viewing this as oppression.  (I plan to write about one of her writings in the future.)

Peggy McIntosh:  McIntosh is an American feminist and anti-racism activist known for coining the phrase “check your white privilege.”  In 1988, she wrote a list of things that count as “white privilege.”  Many are obnoxious and, if a larger context is provided, don’t really mean much.  I recommend Lawrence Murray’s stab at them here.

Adrian Piper:  Piper is an African-American who looks white and complains about it.  She was born in New York but now lives in Berlin.  She was influenced by the Jewish artist Sol LeWitt and the Jewish dancer Yvonne Rainer in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Karl Marx:  The Jewish philosopher and writer known for his writings on class struggle, The Communist Manifesto and more.

Antonio Gramsci:  Gramsci was a founding member and one-time leader of the Communist Party of Italy and was imprisoned by Mussolini’s fascist regime.  He broadened Marxist thinking on the role of intellectuals in the political process and had a great influence on social and cultural theory, sometimes pointed to as the beginning of Cultural Marxism.

Michel Foucault:  Foucault was a leftist and member of the Communist Party of France in the ‘50s.  He was eventually considered “anti-communist” but remained involved with leftist causes.  Foucault was a homosexual and died of AIDS in 1984.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Coates is an African-American writer from Baltimore, MD who writes about the black experience and racism.  He seems to employ some Marxist materialism by referring to blacks as “black bodies.”

I’ll stop here.  There are many more and they are all of the same stripe.  I’ve included writers whose writing we have already talked about in class and some others simply because everyone knows who they are and what they are about (Marx, Gramsci, and Foucault).  As I said, they are all of the same stripe, the same school of thought.  We are not offered any opposing opinions here.  We are not told of any writer or philosopher who challenges the narratives they put forth or is critical of them.  I don’t believe my professor is even aware of such writers and philosophers as Guillaume Faye, Alain de Benoist, Tomislav Sunic, Julius Evola, or Oswald Spengler.  I think that if I were to bring up these names, I would be met with the accusation that these are all European men and they are part of the intellectual hegemony that people like her are fighting against.  The irony is, however, that she is creating an intellectual hegemony in her very class by restricting what is allowed in discussion.  She never offers us a criticism of the writings we read, nor does she ever provide a broader context for anything.

To build up this narrative of white privilege is one giant mess of contradictions.  My professor must at once say that white males do not allow other cultures and parts of the world to be in their curriculum while she refuses to provide a broader, intercultural context for her narrative, only focusing on Europe and America.  One glaring example of this is how white men are condemned for slavery while slavery around the world is completely ignored – most glaringly, the Arab slave trade.  She must say this also while cherry-picking “white,” European men who happen to support her narrative.  She must claim that the English language is an “oppressor’s language,” insinuating that even using it as a non-white is oppressive, while using the European ideologies of liberalism and egalitarianism as the foundation for her arguments.  Shouldn’t this count as the oppressor’s ideology then?  In order for these sorts of contradictions to not become apparent, she must restrict the scope of study, not allowing in any critical writings or knowledge of the atrocities non-whites around the world have committed.

As I stated above, I am required to take this class as a Journalism student.  Now, if I were a journalist and had to cover a Trump protest, for example (which I did), I would be obliged to get both sides of the story.  I would have to interview someone for Trump and someone against Trump.  And yet, in this core class I am simply told what to think.

This is what has led to the state of our media today where people who don’t fall in line with the dominant liberal and increasingly anti-white narrative are nonexistent.  It is quite literally a factory of journalists.  We are sat in a room and told what to think.  From there we are shown and trained how to act like a reporter.  (I say “act” because, so far, journalism is being taught to me more as a physical activity that as something intellectual.)  The universities are training people to keep driving forth their narrative, making them hall monitors of the progressive status quo, and that goes against white interests.

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